Caring Bridge

There is no more important time to rally the forces of family and friends than during a serious illness. From keeping caring loved ones in-the-know whether they are visiting or from afar, to coordinating who might do shopping or cooking to support a family that can’t take focus away from healing for daily tasks…communication is key. Being able to form a broad network of support adds to the practicality of getting better.

Several years ago, when a dear friend was diagnosed and undergoing treatment for lymphoma, her partner developed an email list with regular updates about her condition, tests, mood, fears, as well as a rotation schedule of friends who would do shopping, pick up prescriptions, and make the odd casserole here and there. This was before the ubiquitous presence of social networking, and now, the non-profit organization Caring Bridge takes it one step further toward user friendliness. And you don’t have to be a computer whiz to create your own healing network. Caring Bridge gives you simple tools to build a free website to connect family and friends during a serious health event, care, and recovery.

A CaringBridge website is personal, private and available 24/7. It helps ease the burden of keeping family and friends informed. The websites are easy to create and use. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love and support in the guestbook.

My wish is that you never need Caring Bridge, but if you do, it is a gift to have such a tool so readily at hand.

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